Now Playing Catcher
Victor Caratini, low Class A Rome (Braves)
victor-caratini-2013-mugAge: 20. Acquired: Selected in second round of 2013 draft from Miami Dade JC.
Caratini has played catcher three times as often as third base this season, and while he ranks in the bottom half of South Atlantic League backstops in terms of throwing out basestealers (27 percent), his bat has not suffered for the conversion from the hot corner. The switch-hitter has batted .301/.359/.398 with a bit of gap power (12 extra-base hits) and an 18-percent strikeout rate through 44 games. Caratini caught sporadically in junior college, but a lack of agility coupled with a strong arm made him a natural conversion candidate in pro ball.